Post recovery .... People with plates and screws.

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Does anyone with plates and screws ever feel like they are pinching or biting your ankle?   I get these sharp bites feeling a couple times a day.   Pushing on it helps.   I am almost 2 years post injury.  

Also so still swells really badly when on feet a lot.  Still????  This pic is of my swelling recently.   

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    I hope you had your hardware removed. I'm not a doctor, but I'm a medical coder and look at x rays all day. You can see that at least 2 if not 3 of the screws are protruding from the bone. That will make you hurt! So, did you have your hardware removed?

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    I'll be 2 years out from surgery in October... I still have a ton of pain and I don't know what to do. I wish I never had this surgery.

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    OMG... So glad I came across this had 2 metal plates and 8 screws put in when I completely broke my bone that connects my foot and ankle in 2015 Doctor suggested I have it removed as some people bodies do start rejecting metal. Wish I would've listened current situation foot wrapped in ice packs with icy hot pain has gotten so bad was literally crawling on my hands and knees can't walk on my foot at this time can't get in to my orthopaedic surgeon who did my surgery until May 25 pain is excruciating I have no ideal how I will manage with this pain until then I may have to request to see someone else the shooting pain feels lime a burning fire under my skin and the cramping is even worse...😣😣😥😥😢😢😭😭

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    I'm wondering how long the recovery is after getting your plates and screws taken out I'm having mine done on the 23rd and yes I know exactly what you mean because when I walk it feels like if I like walking distance it feels like that the meat is ripping off of my bone but I'm not near as swollen as you your pictures show that you are

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      Stephanie96027- did you have your hardware removed? If so, how is the recovery? 

      I am 5 month’s post ankle surgery with plates and screws and I swear I can feel them in my ankles (2 places) and I feel the biting and pinching and pain from themstill and swelling and I feel like they are hindering my recovery. I would really like to get them removed but want more info first. 

      Also does anyone know what the window of time is to get plates removed? 

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    Bad news for all who kept surgical hardwares in them.. I am 13 years post surgery and the pain is still hunting me. 

    Mine was a fractured bone of my feet and 7 screws and a metal plate was inserted. My doctor told me i can either choose to remove or keep them in there after my fractured has recover, and since I was not keen on going through another surgery so I opt to leave them there. 

    And here I am, regretting my choice every now and then. Because of the hardwares I can’t wear all nice looking shoes and lately it’d worsen n I can’t put weigh on my feet at all. And there is no solution for me cause the hardwares have been there for so long, I won’t even have a chance of retrieving them out anymore. Guess I ll have to live with it but those of you who have freshly inserted hardwares, pls do yourself a favor, remove them promptly after you are done with your recovery. 

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    I had a tibia /fibular fracture that is 6 years old.  I still have pain everyday., swelling, tingling on top of foot which always feels asleep and numb, burning sensation , and my muscle died on the outside of my leg and caved in. I still have one plate left.  Should I ask my ortho doc to remove it .  It has recently felt like something slipping out of place several times and day making it impossible to walk.  I’m so frustrated .  Help anyone?
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    Hi

    I am 4 years, I still have metal plates and screws In. I also completely shredded my tendons when I broke both sides of the ankle, and still get a lot of pain, this week has been worse, as I lost my balance and came down heavy on the bad foot, my doctor has said I will have arthritist in my ankle, and it gets swollen, I was wondering if you can do any damage to the metal plates.

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      I’m not sure about damage to the plates .  I do know that I have arthritis that is worsening ( along with the nerve damage ). I go next week to see what I can do about it bc this week has been extremely painful.  I shattered my ankle so badly bones were missing.  Everything is destroyed and they say I am lucky to just still have a foot.  The nerve pain is getting worse though.    Hope u don’t get arthritis too badly. It’s awful as well
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      Hi angela82073

      I am getting medication for arthritist, usually the medication can lessen the pain to being managable, but this week it has been a lot worse, since I came down on that leg hard, when I lost my balance.

      I think it might be time to see if my work can send me to the OT, and see what they say, last time I had broken 2 pins and had to have them removed, I am wondering if it might be better to have the 2 plates and all the bolts removed, to see if that will lessen the pain, and hopefully get it back to being managable.

       I hope you get some good news and they can help to reduce the pain you are in .

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    Hi there, i am 2 years post ankle surgery with metal plate & 6 screws left side & 2 screws on right side.

    Suffer from constant swelling & metal parts ache alternately especially when tired.

    Also feel the biting effect of the metal parts on & off with pain level @ around 9 out of 10! It took me nearly 6 months to heal after surgery & walk almost normal. Had to wear orthopedic shoes for another 6 months.

    I had intense physio for 9 months after surgery & then off & on due to swelling issues.

    Physiotherapist recommends removal of metal parts but Surgeon says it's not necessary but the decision is mine.

    Not sure how long i can continue with the swelling, pain & aching. Take Brufen for pain relief.

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      Patoulli I am empathising with you, only 18 months for me but 'biting' is the right word. Here in the UK they do not remove the metal work unless it is absolutely neccessary. My foot and leg are still very swollen and I have been diagnosed with CRPS type 2 as well. I cannot take Ibrobufen in any form, even have reactions to the rub in gel, so just have to put up with the pain. Good luck xx

       

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      Hi Rusky123

      Sorry for delay in responding but appreciate your empathy. Something i forgot to mention was the change in shape & size of foot after surgery! Having been a size 37 for 35 years I now have huge problems when buying new shoes or boots :-(

      Apart from the fact that injured foot is easily 1/2 size bigger than normal foot I cant wear any straps around the ankle or any stiletto type shoe. When buying boots or trainers i have to be extra careful of any "rubbing" against the sides of my injured foot!! Honestly never thought i would have so many issues post-surgery.

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